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Patio Area Petroglyph SitePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2013
Hansenaz
Hiking1.50 Miles
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.00 mph
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On my way back from IFNM I planned to see if I could reach this place (thanks Randall for the details). I was mainly concerned about the road legality (GRIC tribe land) and road conditions.

Let me just say this: I never felt comfortable on the road but I never passed an obvious barricade or no trespassing sign. It's too bad that someone has been dumping old tires along the road.

The patio area itself was a mixed bag. Many, many nice petroglyph panels but much vandalism (mainly spray paint) too. It's too bad that the vast majority of the glyphs are at the bottom (near the dirt road) where young partiers apparently like to hang around.

For years I've wanted to try that N-S road on the reservation that parallels the east edge of the Estrellas. Since I was already about 20% of the way, I decided to keep going. Again I was never comfortable (sand kept getting deeper, and incredibly the road kept getting worse as I approached the 'village' of Santa Cruz) but there were no barriers or keep out signs and I made it just fine.
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